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When a draw is like a victory

France scored late but they scored and thus came away with a draw that feels like a victory against Spain in a game that no one gave France a chance. The New Broom: Didier Dechamps Ahead of the game, L’Equipe and other media saw the game as ‘Mission Impossible’ for France. On the day of…

EURO 2012 Group Stage Resumee pt.2

After 12 days of group games in the test day will be a welcome break for the many journalists covering the event live in Poland and the Ukraine. It is time for a resume on the action so far. Who were the biggest surprise in a positive and negative way? Which team played the best…

Two Horse Race

There are few words in English that are better suited to describe a title race with only two serious contenders. Two horse race describes the situation in many European top footballing divisions at this stage of the season. For obvious reasons, Scotland and Spain will be excluded in this little summary of Europe’s best football…

Out of Contention

In the top spots of Ligue 1 OSC Lille have been eliminated from the title race after being defeated by a Lyon side which had to make amends for their Champions League embarrassment during the week against Nicosia, where they lost on penalties. Paris St. Germain (58) and Montpellier (57) are now engaged in a…

Paris go top again

Paris St. Germain are top of Ligue 1 again after beating AC Ajaccio 4-1 at Parc des Princes Sunday night while Montpellier could only draw their match with Dijon 1-1. This round of play saw the big guns of French football suffering serious setbacks in the pursuit of the European places. Man of the hour…

Allez les Bleues?!

Last night’s friendly between Germany and France saw the latter beating one of the best teams in the world and one German team considered to be one of the best ever, only behind the great team of the early 1970s that beat England 3-1 a Wembley in April 1972. What can be drawn from this…

Les Belles de Paris

Rarely has women’s football been touched upon here but a piece in the L’Equipe magazine about the PSG Ladies offered a good intro for the topic. The men’s team are the focus of the media since their take over by the Qatari Investment Authority in May 2011. [typography font=”Crimson Text” size=”18″ size_format=”px”]Financial Gulf [/typography] While…

The Circus that is PSG

Ever since their take over by the Qatar Investment Authority in spring 2011, PSG have become a source for rumours and speculation. Most notably the rumours surrounding the future of coach Antoine Kombouar

EURO 2012 Qualifier: France – Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-1

This match was the group decider. France needed a win to secure their passage to the finals without the detour via the play-off. They could stumble at the last hurdle, provided Bosnia-Herzegovina won this match. And this is where this team from the former Yugoslavia is so remarkable. In a group with Romania, Albania and…

France vs Brazil

There could hardly be any better occasion to open the year of international football with this game: France took on Brazil at the Stade de France, the venue where the former beat the latter in the 1998 World Cup Final with two magnificent goals by Zinedine Zidane and Emmanuel Petit securing the tie with a…